Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Court Dismisses Russian Railways' Copyright Suit Against Apple

On Tuesday, the Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals rejected an appeal filed by Russian Railways challenging the dismissal of the copyright lawsuit against Apple Inc.  Russian Railways initially sought 2 million rubles ($55,807) in compensation from Apple for unauthorized use of the Railway's logo in an application sold at the Apple App Store, but that lawsuit was ultimately dismissed by Moscow's Commercial Court.  After the lawsuit was filed, Apple deleted the program from its store, but the app later resurfaced without the contested logo. The program calculates the cost of transporting goods with Russian Railways, and is being sold for 199 rubles.  Apple argued that it should not be held responsible for infringement, as the agreement between Apple and its app developers states that the developers are obligated to secure the use of third party copyrights.


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